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Capitol Events features news from the Richmond State Capitol during the General Assembly Session – examining the issues of the day, tracking important legislation, and shedding light on the political process.

Capitol Events: February 7, 2014

The Senate has advanced Senator Creigh Deeds bill to extend the time period from six to 24 hours that a person experiencing a mental health crisis may be held by Emergency Custody Order while a psychiatric bed is found.

Deeds spoke against a proposed amendment for an 8-hour total, which addressed concerns about tying up scarce law enforcement resources.

"Nobody has had experience with this issue like I have. Every one of these situations is life and death," Sen. Creigh Deeds speaking from the Virginia Senate floor.


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